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The Judiciary.gov.uk website went spectacularly titsup this morning, minutes after WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange lost his appeal against being extradited to Sweden. The interwebs hive brain quickly started spreading the rumour that hacktivist group Anonymous was responsible for the website's little lie-down. However, it was …

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6 fingers ?

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(Written by Reg staff)

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Behold: http://regmedia.co.uk/2010/07/30/wikimedia_julian_assange.jpg

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Huh?

http://www.thenational.ae/deployedfiles/Assets/Richmedia/Image/SaxoPress/AD20110102100602-Julian%20Assange..jpg

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It is noteworthy because many of us have eight fingers, and two thumbs. Which is more than the average (as in mean) number.

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*toddle off*

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I count 5

That would explain why he's such a hit with the ladies (if it were true)

http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/800px-Julian_Assange_20091117_Copenhagen_2.jpg

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Yes, yes, we can all PhotoShop. Strange how none of the other images of him show this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/11/julian-assange-court-extradition-case

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Err...

Behold... five fingers... http://www.metrolic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/assange.png

five fingers... http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/feb2011/5/7/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-leaving-belmarsh-magistrates-court-after-his-extradition-hearing-to-sweden-pic-pa-987907924.jpg

five fingers... http://blog.panorama.it/mondo/files/2010/12/assange-4-large.jpg

Where did you get that dodgy pic from Reg?

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Re: Huh?

Photoshopped! ;->

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Whatever the eventual outcome, Wikileaks and Assange scored big time

There are very few people who have managed to get the U.S. government knickers in a twist as Assange and company did.

Bin Laden and gang did, and definitely the several presidential assassins, along with Manley, but Assange managed to expose the stupid gossip of the State Department and to move the U.S. government to show just how vindictive it can be when it is really, really p*ssed off.

Good luck, Assange.

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He will not have scored...

...If he ends up in the segregated wing of a Swedish prison for a few years.

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On what planet, do you spend most of your life?

Huh? Julian Assagne has done nothing particularly noteworthy, or are you under the somewhat deluded impression that people haven't been leaking sensitive material to the press for as long as there has existed sensitive material and a press? The only difference with Assange is the means which he claimed to be able to use to protect informants and the absolute assurance of anonymity he gave; means which, in the case of Manning, failed spectacularly.

Even if were the case that in respect to receiving and publishing classified documents, Assange was the open-government-exposing-secrets genius boy he likes to claim to be, this does not change the fact that he is charged with rape and sexual assault in Sweden, and it is to Sweden he must be eventually extradited to face those charges. I'd personally think a man so clean to air other people's dirty laundry would delight and welcome the opportunity to clear his name in open court. To try to pretend that, rather than this being about serious criminal charges being laid in Sweden, this is instead some US government conspiracy to extradite him to the States is nothing short of a fantasists delusion.

For the record: If the US wanted to extradite him, it is far simpler for them to do it while he is in England than it is for them to do it if he's extradited to the US.

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Didn't the US government get the last laugh with 'Bin Laden and gang', and you know what they say about he who laughs last ........

I don't understand this one, Assange has sexual allegations against him, has shown that he is quite willing to sell on information regardless of the collateral damage and so on. Why the hero worship?

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"and it is to Sweden he must be eventually extradited to face those charges. I'd personally think a man so clean to air other people's dirty laundry would delight and welcome the opportunity to clear his name in open court"

I think I see where the misconception is here.

He hasn't been charged, the InterPol warrant says he is wanted for questioning.

No mention of court yet either.

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"six-fingered Australian"

Er, what?

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"unprecedented volume of traffic"

like with a DDoS

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Sir

What's the difference between a site being taken down through sheer volume of connections, and a DDoS?

Clue: it's a trick questions

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The differeence is this; One is a deliberate hit, and the other is collateral damage.

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Meh

Its like a traffic collision...

People instinctively slow down and need to see the carnage as they pass by.

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"unprecedented volume of traffic"

Like you'd get in a DDoS attack then?

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Netcraft reports it's running Big-IP

For what's that worth.

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6 Fingered?

Does he have 5 on one hand, 1 on the other, or 3 on each, or some other permutation? Or do you mean he has 11 fingers?

Anyhow, he's probably Hannibal Lecter.

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3 on each and 4 thumbs...

Thumbs up obviously

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@JudeKay

That's been blurred, false-coloured and reduced down to a size where you can't even tell it's Assange, never mind count his fingers. Hell, that picture looks like he's got Rasta dreads, and he could be wearing mittens for all I can tell from it.

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Calm down dear...

DDoS attack dear

Non IT Civil Servant afterall.

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IIS got Assange-dotted

Well. Time for their web serving to grow up, eh mate?

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DNS FAIL

They have sysadmins but they still manage to not set up their DNS properly. It makes me wonder what quality they are.

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It's a Microsoft CMS with static content with apparently no caching on anything except images. A big surprise, this is not.

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You don't want to be making those sorts of observations in public...

some moron in Whitehall is probably already asking some other idiot in a uniform if that info is covered under the Official Secrets Act, and just why would you have it if you weren't some sort of terr'ist hacker working for wikileaks, hmm?

<nb> pls don't make me cry ...

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